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Thursday, 26 April 2007

act of faith and / or / versus theory of faith

'..... when Jesus himself wanted to explain to his disciples what his forthcoming death was all about, he didn't give them a theory, he gave them a meal. ..... Of course, the earliest exponent of that meal (Paul, in 1 Corinthians) insists that it matters quite a lot that you understand what you are about as you come to share in it; but still it is the meal, not the understanding, that is the primary vehicle of meaning.'
N.T. Wright, 'The Cross and the Caricatures', Fulcrum, 23 April 2007.

The bishop of Durham (England), distinguished New Testament scholar, brilliantly spells out the discrepancy between the essence of faith and our human representation(s) and understanding of that faith.

Alas, so many of us imagine that the two are the same.

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